A champion for North Carolina working families
Kathy Manning is an experienced leader running for Congress to fight for North Carolina working families. Her great-grandparents came to the United States fleeing religious persecution, and she has said she was “raised with the understanding that I have an obligation to give back.” Kathy moved to Greensboro after graduating from law school more than 30 years ago, and she and her husband have raised their three children in the vibrant community they proudly call home. A former immigration attorney, she left the major law firm where she had been a partner for 15 years to start her own practice. Kathy has worked tirelessly to serve others and was the first woman to lead one of the largest charitable organizations in the world, The Jewish Federations of North America. She also helped those who lost their jobs during the Great Recession access food, health care, mortgage assistance, and job retraining. A powerful advocate for North Carolinians, she has worked to provide school readiness programs for vulnerable children, to help students in her community access higher education, and to help seniors live with dignity.
An experienced leader fighting to expand economic opportunity
Kathy is running to expand economic opportunity and to help create good-paying jobs so that all North Carolina working families can thrive. She has worked to spur economic development in the Greensboro community, and she is working to help grow an economy that works for all North Carolinians. Kathy is a fierce advocate for expanding all Americans’ access to affordable, quality health care — an issue that is deeply personal for her family. As the mother of a child with a chronic illness, she has fought insurance companies, knows firsthand how high the costs of life-saving drugs have risen, and worries that her daughter’s pre-existing condition could keep her from getting the coverage she needs to access care in the future.
An opportunity to turn a newly-drawn seat blue
Last year, facing pressure from the North Carolina Supreme Court, lawmakers in the state were charged with redrawing illegally gerrymandered congressional districts that heavily favored Republicans in this purple state. The Republican incumbent chose not to seek reelection in the newly competitive 6th District. After her formidable but ultimately unsuccessful 2018 campaign for a Republican seat in a since-redrawn district, Kathy went on to win the Democratic nomination for the 6th Congressional District in March. She now faces extreme Republican Lee Haywood in the general election for this new open seat, and the GOP will do everything in their power to keep their hold on the North Carolina congressional delegation. Kathy is running a strong grassroots campaign, and she has what it takes to bring new leadership to her community. Let’s show Kathy the full support of the EMILY’s List community and help elect this champion for North Carolina working families to Congress.